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03-24-2010, 03:41 PM
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I wouldn't mind having Nabby stay. I don't think there's any one available that would be much of an upgrade, if at all. Now, assuming the Sharkies will part ways, I'll play along.

Using the UFA list from NHL Numbers, the only goalies who could maybe replace Nabby are:
  • Biron, Martin
  • Ellis, Dan
  • Emery, Ray
  • Theodore, Jose
  • Turco, Marty

Biron's backed up for too long and he's rustier than a shovel left out in the yard overnight. His 11-12 career playoff record doesn't help his case. Ellis is young but inconsistent. Emery is starting to get a case of chronic DiPietro-itis and his body is starting to fall apart already. Theodore is inconsistent, as is Turco. Also, only Emery has a winning playoff record in that bunch.

The RFA list is full of young goalies with potential:
  • Drouin-Deslauriers, Jeff
  • Dubnyk, Devan
  • Gustavsson, Jonas
  • Halak, Jaroslav
  • Harding, Josh
  • Lehtonen, Kari
  • Neuvirth, Michal
  • Niemi, Antti
  • Pavelec, Ondrej
  • Peters, Justin
  • Price, Carey
  • Schneider, Cory

I think only Halak can come in and replace Nabby halfway decently. He's still green and needs a few kinks to work out but he's show lots of talent. Gustavsson was highly touted but his style is very flawed and has a huge propensity for giving up bad goals - even more so than Nabby. Lehtonen is too fragile (so don't get too excited yet, Dallas) and

Pavelec, Price, Niemi, Schneider, and Harding (and Peters, to an extent) have lots of upside but they're all projects at this point. I wouldn't mind if the Sharks pick up Price as a backup, though. I still think the kid can be a major superstar in the league with the right handling.

Anywho, the Sharks will have to make a trade to bring in a starter who can effectively replace Nabby. Greiss is not the answer yet and there isn't a free agent who can come in and "win now."

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